"Special delivery" to Boscombe Down museum!

"Special delivery" to Boscombe Down museum!

Published by Spire FM News at 12:05pm 21st August 2019. (Updated at 2:09pm 21st August 2019)

An iconic jet has been flown into the Aviation Collection at Old Sarum today (21 August), by Chinook helicopter.

The Hawk XX154 was suspended under the helicopter as it was delivered to the museum (as shown above and below).

It was taken from it's current home at MOD Boscombe Down so it can join the collection and be preserved for future generations.

Hawk Jet Boscombe Down Aviation Collection delivery 2 (Jenny Maybury)
Hawk Jet being delivered to Boscombe Down Aviation Collection

WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT?

The Hawk was first flown at Dunsfold, Surrey on August 21st 1974 - meaning today is it's 45th birthday!

XX154 jet 2

On that first flight it reached 20,000 ft and flew for 53 minutes in total.

It has been used in a training capacity and as a low-cost combat aircraft.

Operators of the Hawk include the Royal Air Force (including the Red Arrows display team) and some foreign military operators. 

There have been many different designs since it's launch 45 years ago, and varying colours.

XX154 jet 1
The Hawk XX154

The Hawk aircraft manufacturing programme is a major export success story for the British aircraft industry and over 1,000 have now been built.

 

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